Date: 6th October 2006 at 7:35pm
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Ahead of tonight`s game, Chester City have only been involved in ten competitive fixtures on this day, but the majority have yielded favourable results.

The Blues got off to a bad start though with local league rivals Southport becoming the first side to take on Chester on this day in 1934. The Lancastrians returned home with a 2-0 victory under their belts. Worse was to follow when the Blues travelled to Yorkshire to face Bradford Park Avenue in 1951. The hosts put three goals past a hapless Chester side in front of just under 12,000 supporters.

Crewe Alexandra made the relatively short journey across the Cheshire plain in 1956. The Blues earned their first victory and a fine result it was too. Chester put four past the Railwaymen. Foulkes (2),Hansell, Bullock were the goalscorers but the visitors did manage to record a consolation goal. Draws over Aldershot Town and Barnsley followed before Mancunians Bury beat Chester in an 1973 encounter at Gigg Lane.

Since then victories over Plymouth Argyle (1979) and Halifax Town (1984) followed before Chester took on their Wirral rivals Tranmere Rovers in 1990. Chester went some way toward atoning for three successive away defeats by plundering an unexpected victory at Prenton Park. Even City Boss Harry McNally admitted: “this is as poor as we have played all season. We lacked cohesion and composure and gave Tranmere much room.”

This game will be remember for it`s atrocious weather. Chester did well to compete so spiritedly and appeared to be hanging on for a draw until the legendary Gary Bennett struck up some energy to send in a shot that beat goalkeeper Eric Nixon. Rovers Skipper Jimmy Harvey instinctively threw up his hand to keep the ball out, and Graham Abel helped himself to his second penalty in successive games to give Chester a dramatic winner.